25th Annual Houston Thanksgiving Superfeast

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     Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Today was a new experience for me and I greatly enjoyed it. Family was spread far and wide so I decided to go to one of the public dinners and volunteer as a server. I have wanted to do this for several years but various reasons prevented me.

 

     First I checked the Internet for the latest happenings in Houston and found that there were two large Thanksgiving Dinner events needing volunteer workers. One was outside in a city park and one was inside the huge convention center, both in downtown Houston. I was trying to decide and finally thought that if the weather is good, I will go to the outside event and if it is rainy, go to the inside event.

Serving tent with the helium balloon arch

 

     Both events were scheduled to serve Thanksgiving Day dinners from 10 AM to 3 PM so I got up very early and drove to downtown Houston in order to find a parking place. The weather was clear but cold by Houston standards, about 41 F, so I went to the outside event at Sam Houston Park, next to City Hall on the grounds of the reflecting pool. I arrived for work about 7:15 AM and found that there were about 3 volunteers for each job available, a good sign. So we all helped finish the last of the preparation and decorating. It was decided to shorten the work time of each of the servers to allow everyone to work.  I expected to see volunteers there like myself who were away from their families on this holiday but was pleasantly surprised to see several complete families that came as volunteers to help others.

A new statement in Millinery Couture!

 

     The name of this event was the 25th Annual Houston Thanksgiving Superfeast. The major corporate sponsors were Waste Management and Wal Mart with many smaller sponsors. In addition to the dinner, there had been a clothing and toy drive and the response was huge. Many people left with large bags of clothing and toys for their children.

 

     I ended up being in the bread serving line but we were relieved after only 30 minutes due to the large number of volunteers. So I stayed afterwards to work in the “background” bringing supplies to the servers until the event was over.

 

    Over 20,000 people were served Thanksgiving dinner and the servers in my area had a very enjoyable experience. We all made new friends, laughed and joked, took photos of each other and generally had a great time. Plus I ate so much; I am going to have to do some waist management myself! I will definitely do this again!

 

     Everything about the dinner and clothing drive was a complete success. From soliciting corporate sponsors, organizing volunteers, the clothing drive, to serving the meal, everything was an overwhelming success and the organizers are to be commended!

 

bigmac993 says:
Thank you Ineke!
Posted on: Dec 06, 2009
Vlindeke says:
You (and your fellow volunteers) did a great job!
Posted on: Dec 06, 2009
angel says:
I'm so proud of you. I do wish you had come to out=r dinner. But, oh well you did a splendid job as always. you did your mama proud. love ya!
Posted on: Nov 29, 2009
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